Layered Orchard Nut Slice
My favourite lockdown autumn recipe. Deliciously comforting using lots of seasonal natural ingredients.
This cake might look complicated but its actually incredibly easy as long as you have a food processor.
Also delicious with mincemeat for Christmas.
- 85g hard coconut oil or cold butter
- 100g cashew nuts
- 120g oat flour, or flour of your choosing
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 50g dark brown sugar
- 300g apple or pear puree, unsweetened. You could also use whole apples or pears, thinly sliced
- 75g dates, or prunes, chopped
- 75g pecans or almonds
- 75g jumbo oats
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Turn oven to 170 / 150 fan, and line /grease a 20cm square tin.
- Soak the dates / prunes in a little hot water
- In a food processor whizz all the base ingredients until they start to clump together. If they don’t add a tbsp of cold water. Tip into the tin, press down really well with the back of a large spoon, its worth spending a couple of minutes doing this to compact it.
- Drain the dates / prunes. If using fruit puree then whizz all this together and evenly spread out over the base. If using fruit slices then place them over the base neatly and dot the chopped fruit around in between slices.
- Place all the ingredients for the topping in the food processor, but this time pulse it until you have what looks a little like granola. Crumble this over the fruit, until loosely covered.
- Bake for approx. 25 mins, check a few mins before. It is cooked when browner on top and you can hear the fruit bubbling.
- You can eat it warm straight from the tin, hard to resist it smells amazing, though it might crumble. It will firm and be more presentable once cooled in the tin.
A soggy dark afternoon, with a cup of tea
Pecans provide 1 of the highest sources of unsaturated fatty acids. Also a good source of potassium, zinc & B vitamins as well as being high in fibre.
Dates are a healthier replacement to sugar in baking. Though still high in (natural) sugar, the effect of this is moderated by the fibre contained. Dates are satiating & so can help with weight control. They also contain nutrients like potassium, zinc & selenium which refined sugar does not.
Oats are higher in protein and healthy fats than most other grains, rich in many vitamins. Eat them for your heart, your gut, your bones, your brain. They are filling, so great for weight control & slow release energy.
Apples—Research shows apples are great for the gut & aiding digestion, reducing cholesterol due to their high pectin, helping with cancer prevention, & appetite control. Apples are cleansing & wonderful for the immune system.